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Sent: Wed, Mar 30, 2011
Fireside Chat with PRESIDENT KIM!
Next Tuesday, April 5, 5-6 pm
Collis Commonground
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Have questions for PRESIDENT KIM?

Ask them at Palaeopitus’ second Fireside Chat with President Jim Yong Kim!

Submit questions to “Palaeopitus” via blitz by 5pm TOMORROW, March 31st.

Possible topics for questions: President Kim’s life before Dartmouth, his perspectives on current events and his work at Dartmouth!

Curiously, President Kim seems to be requiring students to submit questions a full five days in advance of the various Q&A’s that he is holding on campus. Geez. Why doesn’t he just do the whole thing on Facebook or via e-mail. A true Q&A needs spontaneity, and more importantly, questioners should be allowed to pose follow-up queries to Jim Kim’s answers. Otherwise, students will be treated to a set of researched-by-committee responses that will sound good but enlighten little.

After almost two years on the job, President Kim should be able to think on his feet in these situations. And if he is at a loss for an answer, he should just say so. “I don’t know” is one of those phrases that conveys a friendly humility — a quality in short supply in Parkhurst these days.

Addendum: Whoa! The administration has now determined that it looked bad in trying to script the upcoming Q&A. Appearances are everything!

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Sent: Sat, Apr 2, 2011
Fireside Chat with PRESIDENT KIM!
Next Tuesday, April 5, 5-6 pm
Collis Commonground
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President Kim will be answering pre-submitted questions AND answering LIVE questions from the audience! You don’t want to miss it!

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